Ailsa’s travel photo challenge: Sunset

Ailsa suggested we post a photo of a memorable sunset this week.  On her blog she has photos of US sunsets in soft lavender, pink and yellow hues:  http://wheresmybackpack.com/2012/08/17/sunset/

The best sunset I’ve ever seen was almost a physical experience.  Unlike the US sunsets, this one was a solid ball of gold in an unclouded New Caledonian sky.  I had noticed the fiery sun low in the sky, just above the ocean, but before I could become too contemplative, it descended into the water and I couldn’t look away.  Only seconds passed from the moment I first saw it to its disappearance below the horizon, as though it had drowned in the sea.  I could almost hear a hiss!  I stood in confusion, knowing that the earth had moved, not the sun.

I’m currently translating a small book of New Caledonian legends by Claudine Jacques, colourfully illustrated by Papou, so when I saw Ailsa’s suggestion of sunset images I immediately thought of late afternoons in Noumea, the capital of New Caledonia.  This Pacific island, not far from the north-eastern coast of Australia, is a French ‘special collectivity’.  That is, it used to be a territory colonised by the French from 1854, but now the people are working towards independence and power is gradually being transferred from France to New Caledonia over a 20 year period, looking towards 2018.  Unless the French can convince them otherwise.

Winter Sunset, Noumea, New Caledonia

6 thoughts on “Ailsa’s travel photo challenge: Sunset

    • Thanks for the compliment. You too have probably experienced physical sensations during your travels that you wouldn’t have in Ireland. Isn’t it great to see other parts of the world!

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  1. All that time and effort you are spending on translating other peoples work is having a wonderful boomerang influence on yours. What a great little story for the Independence Day of a country where independence and freedom are enjoyed by relatively few, and the burden of their ultra- competitive economic, environmental and social model is in need of serious repair. I have very mixed feelings about how successful the transfer of certain competences are; for some, certainly, it is sunset time for traditional cultures, protected resources, and a tranquil way of life.

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    • Thanks for saying my writing is improving because of my translating, though, to tell the truth, I blog to improve my translations. Are you referring here to the independence of New Caledonia or America? Yes, I agree that traditional cultures are becoming more and more Westernised.

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